One quick social media visit and it’s easy to see that flipping furniture can be as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint. While a fresh coat of paint may update the look of whatever piece of furniture you’re working on, when it comes to restoring antiques or repairing your favorites, it’s best to hire a professional. Jack Horvath, owner of Vintage Repurposed, has spent most of his life refinishing, repairing and repurposing used furniture. After sharpening his skills and working with interior designers, Jack earned his reputation for superior craftsmanship and a penchant for mid-century furniture.

What started as a hobby fostered by a love for fine furniture, naturally progressed. Jack started by refinishing and repairing whatever caught his eye and then selling his work in a local antique consignment mall. As his customer base grew, so did the the need for a bigger workshop. After finding a facility that allowed for a larger workshop and coincidentally had a space for a showroom, Vintage Repurposed was born.

At Vintage Repurposed you can find furniture from any period in time. While store inventory changes frequently, you’ll often find a larger selection of mid-century furniture as it is Jack’s specialty. The mid-century period (50’s, 60’s and 70’s) is characterized by well-made sleek furniture that has stood the test of time. This furniture refinishes beautifully and still presents well after 60-70 years. You can even find repaired pieces originally crafted by Jack’s design icons like Adrian Pearsall, Kipp Stewart, Milo Baughman and others.

Jack’s goal with each piece of furniture is to restore the beauty and utility of the furniture. While some may think a fresh coat of paint is all you need to restore furniture, Jack carefully considers the age and unique needs of each piece. After assessing the needs of a piece, Jack starts his repairs from the bottom up. Sometimes the process means completely breaking the piece apart, re-gluing, stripping all previous finishes, repairing and then refinishing and upholstery. Jack’s extreme patience throughout the refinishing process only contributes to his exceptional reputation. If the repairs are necessary, no matter how small, it all gets done, in order to give the piece many more years of life and the customer many more years of enjoying it.

You can follow Vintage Repurposed on Instagram and Facebook where Jack shares his work on a regular basis. New furniture pieces typically are posted the week before they hit the showroom floor. Vintage Repurposed also has a website with items for sale, but with the fast inventory turnover. social media is a great tool. In addition, Vintage Repurposed also purchases furniture and home decor. If you have mid-century pieces, or any other pieces, collecting dust, reach out to discuss the piece. ■

Vintage Repurposed
(610) 217-1607 | 533 Chestnut Street • Emmaus, PA